Thursday, 12 June 2008

Off to Tuscany (4)

Here is the view from our front windows. The building in the chestnut forest is the old convent, the home of Catholic Nuns until early in the last century.

It fell into disrepair when the nuns left but has now been restored by a Swiss/German couple who hold seminars and health clinics there.

The nuns were a self-sufficient Order who harvested their own crops and produced all the necessities of life. They kept livestock and had vines and olives. The crumbling terraces which they cultivated can still be seen.

Various types of edible fungus can be found in the forest, too, but you have to be very careful with identification - some species are poisonous

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